Afghan govt, Tal­iban to meet for 1st di­rect peace talks

Rus­sia will host high-level talks in cap­i­tal Moscow to­day

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MOSCOW: Rus­sia will host the sec­ond round of the Moscow peace con­fer­ence on Afghanistan this month, which its For­eign Min­istry bills as the first di­rect high-level talks be­tween the Tal­iban and Afghan govern­ment.

The im­por­tance that Rus­sia at­taches to the sec­ond ses­sion of the Moscow con­fer­ence on Afghanistan on to­day (Fri­day) is ev­i­dent from the fact that the event, which will be held at the level of deputy for­eign min­is­ters, will be opened by For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov, who was not present at sim­i­lar meet­ings on Syria, even dur­ing that coun­try’s most dif­fi­cult pe­ri­ods.

Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry sent in­vi­ta­tions to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 11 coun­tries -- Afghanistan, the U.S., In­dia, Iran, China, Pak­istan, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Ta­jik­istan, Turk­menistan and Uzbek­istan.

The Afghan govern­ment has al­ready con­firmed that a del­e­ga­tion from the coun­try’s High Peace Coun­cil will be at­tend­ing, while the Tal­iban also said it would send rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Moscow.

“A high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tion of the Po­lit­i­cal Of­fice of the Is­lamic Emi­rate of Afghanistan [Tal­iban] will take part in the con­fer­ence… It is a con­fer­ence about hold­ing com­pre­hen­sive dis­cus­sions on find­ing a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the Afghan quandary and end­ing Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion. The Is­lamic Emi­rate will also give a de­tailed speech and clar­ify its views and pol­icy about all as­pects of the is­sue, in­clud­ing restor­ing peace and se­cu­rity,” the Tal­iban said in a state­ment.

For­mer Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai also an­nounced his in­ten­tion to at­tend the con­fer­ence be­cause “any pos­si­bil­ity of peace talks with the Tal­iban should not be ig­nored”.

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